at the CENTER OF IT ALL December 2017 magazine!

at the CENTER OF IT ALL December 2017

By Cindy Bauer in at the CENTER OF IT ALL

62 pages, published 12/9/2017

at the CENTER OF IT ALL magazine is for writers & authors. Brought to you by Authors Express Promotion, it is packed with helpful links and information for authors, new book releases, contests, awards and conferences, tips, and more!

Donna M. Zadunajsky, award winning author, announces release of second book in the Help Me series



Talk to Me

Crowded halls filled with noisy teenagers. Teachers, homework, and never ending tests. Hanging with friends, dating boys, gossip, and preparing for the future. Isn’t that what high school is supposed to be all about?

Carly Boyles was once popular and dated the Captain of the football team. She wanted to be like any other fifteen-year-old teenage girl at Lakeport Central High School, but Taylor Ryans changed everything.

Two weeks after their break-up, Carly can’t find a reason to live after she finds her best friend Staci Garrison; hanging all over her ex-boyfriend Taylor Ryans. Carly decides to take matters into her own hands, but is it more than just the break-up that has her world falling apart?

The rules no longer apply between two best friends when a boy comes between their once forever-friendship since elementary school. One phone message changes everything and Carly’s world is shattered to pieces.

Will she find a reason to live? Will she tell the one secret that is killing her from the inside out?                                                                                                                        

Talk To Me is a gripping tale of one girl’s life that will never be the same again…

Help Me!

A novella about a boy named Mick and his struggles with life. His parent’s divorce and a friend’s suicide make his world unbearable. Each “cut” has a deeper meaning. A cry for help. “I spin my dad’s Ruger SP101 revolver on the wood floor of my bedroom. Sometimes, just to see what it feels like, I place the tip of the gun against my temple, but I never once pull the trigger. NO!” “I’m more into the slice of the blade against my skin and the blood running down my arm.” “It relieves so much pressure.” “And I can breathe again…”

The books are available at Amazon.

Donna M. Zadunajsky was born and raised in Bristolville, Ohio, and resides in Illinois. She has written seven children’s books that are about her daughter and all the adventures she has done in her young life.

She spends her time writing short stories as well as novels. She published her first novel BROKEN PROMISES, 2012, NOT FORGOTTEN, 2013, FAMILY SECRETS, Secrets and Second Chances Book 1, HIDDEN SECRETS ‘Secrets and Second Chances Book 2, and TWISTED SECRETS ‘Secrets and Second Chances’ Book 3.

She has been working on HELP! series, relating to today’s issues of teen suicide and bullying: HELP ME! Book-1 and Talk To Me Book-2.

Besides writing, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and two cats. She enjoys reading and working on crafts and scrapbooking. She graduated from The Institute of Children’s Literature in spring 2011 and Penn Foster in Freelancing 2017.

Zadunajsky started out writing children’s books before she accomplished and published her first novel, Broken Promises, in June 2012. She then has written several more novels and her first novella, HELP ME! which is a subject about suicide and bullying.

“The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon” Receives Honors at Prestigious 2017 Equus Film Festival held in New York...





Founder, Lisa Diersen loved the story and declared it The Festival Directors Choice

Gemcie and her Irish Hunter, Marshal, are about to capture the World Cup when a nasty fall dashes their chances. While she is mending, her arch rival seizes this opportunity to catch a ride on Marshal, and to seduce her young husband. Confused and dazed by her new circumstances, Gemcie heads for the high Sierras hoping the majestic spires that captured the heart of the father she never met will provide the answers she seeks. She finds strength and solace riding solo on the John Muir Trail, but a bear attack ends her time of introspection and places her in the care of a solitary cowboy manning a fire lookout. Brady shows her love and gives her the courage to get back in the saddle. Haunted by images of Marshal being abused by his owners, Gemcie returns to rescue him and fly high with him once more. Ballou’s prose gallops ahead at breakneck speed as she takes you along on this wild ride. 

- Available at Amazon, Kindle and as an audiobook.
 
Adventure-travel writer Linda Ballou’s ultimate destination piece, Wai-nani, a New Voice from old Hawai’i, takes you to the wild heart of Old Hawai’i. Her travel memoir Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales is an armchair traveler’s delight filled with adventure to whet your wander lust. Her latest release The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon shares the thrill of the show jumping arena and the tender beauty of the John Muir Wilderness. All of her books are available at www.LindaBallouAuthor.comand major online distribution sites in print and kindle format.

Adventure Travel Expert for the National Association of Baby Boomer Women. Articles sharing travel tips and more are at http://nabbw.com/associates/linda-ballou/. Contact Linda Ballou at lballou6@sbcglobal.net for speaking engagements in the Los Angeles area.

Other books by this author include: Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai'i, Lost Angel Walkabout: One Traveler's Tales, Love Bird Cafe', and How to Make Travel Writing Work for You.

AFFILIATIONS:

Linda Speaks candidly with Anne Holmes, Boomer in Chief, of the National Association of Baby Boomer Women about herself and her work. Read the interview.


River Spirits by Marilyn Meredith



Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series 
Book 13



While filming a movie on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation, the film crew trespasses on sacred ground, threats are made against the female stars, a missing woman is found by the Hairy Man, an actor is murdered, and Deputy Tempe Crabtree has no idea who is guilty. Once again, the elusive and legendary Hairy Man plays an important role in this newest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.
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The Terrorist Threat to the New York City Subway by Robert L. Bryan

The book covers that vulnerable nature of the New York City Subway as it relates to attractiveness as a terrorist target. Additionally covered are the tactics utilized to combat this threat. 
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Bears With Us by Marilyn Meredith

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series 
Book 11

Tempe Crabtree is the resident deputy of Bear Creek, a small mountain community in the southern Sierra. Her continuing interest in the spiritual side of her heritage often causes unrest in her marriage to her minister husband.

In Bears With Us, Tempe has her hands full when bears turn up in and around her town, becoming a threat to kids and adults when an elderly woman is horrifically killed. But are bears really responsible, or is there something else afoot?

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Conductor by Robert L. Bryan





This is the story of one of the more fabled occupations in America - the railroad conductor. This book traces the origin of the railroad and the occupation as well as the conductor as a subject of folklore and the media. Additionally, the pathways to a career as a conductor are fully explored.

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Award Winning Author Kaylin McFarren Doesn’t Let Life Slow Her Down



KAYLIN McFARREN
Q: They say to “write what you know” and that we often weave in things from our personal lives into our stories. What prompted you to write Flaherty’s Crossing and are there any “hidden” aspects of your life intertwined amidst the storyline?

A: This book totally came from the heart, following my father's death, and I found myself literally sobbing at times while typing away. I had a crazy relationship with him - loving him despite our inability to communicate - and occasionally I found myself wondering what it would have been like if I could have explored my disappointments with him and sought out his fatherly advice when I needed it most. With this in mind, I think readers will discover that book is a personal journey to forgiveness that they might relate to in their own lives.

Q: Next came the Threads series, of which you are about to publish the third novel. Did you plan the series or did you decide at the end of Severed Threads that you’d like to write another book with the same characters?

A: I actually planned to create only one book when I started writing Severed Threads, but when I reached the middle of the story, I fell so in love with my characters that I elected to grow my story into a trilogy - taking them to different parts of the world, facing all kinds of threats.

Q: Writing a series, as I know from my own trilogy, is or can be a very daunting task. It’s easier as far as characters but keeping everything in check with the first one can be challenging. Did you encounter this as well while writing Buried Threads?

A: Yes, a bit but it helped a lot having a character/plot book. I make a practice of cutting out photographs of actors and actresses from tabloid magazines and give them new identities, quirks, and lots of character flaws. Then I assemble them in a notebook and add a basic plot or summary to guide my storyline. Doing this made it a lot easier to double check my facts and stay on target while writing the next book.

Q: After Banished Threads, do you plan to continue with the series and if not, what story lies in your thoughts today to follow it with?

A: I'm actually thinking about continuing with another episode after this third installment, but it all depends on how this book is received, where the story ends, and which characters shine the most. Afterward this series is completed, I'd also like to try my hand at writing a paranormal mystery…a real fun and exciting change for me.

Q: I’m a by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of author. I have an idea but once I start writing, the story tends to make many twists & turns, and changes of course throughout until the novel is finished, often without my knowing how it will end until the end. Are you a plan it out ahead kind of author or do you let the story write itself as you tap out the sequence of events playing out in your head?

A: I'm kind of a panster too and, as a result, like to let my characters guide my stories and turn of events. However, sometimes I have to rein them in or the book would head off in a totally different direction and never get back on track.

Q: Let’s talk about “storyline”. I get some of my best ideas while doing menial housework. Sometimes I solve problems in a dream. How do your story lines come about?

A: Believe it or not, I totally dream up my stories from beginning to end, which sounds cool but can be extremely daunting at times when you discover that you can't write them fast enough. So I've started keeping a journal next to my bed and use it to write thoughts and clever character phrases that I would otherwise forget in the light of day.

Q: Though you started later in life, had you ever considered writing novels before Flaherty’s Crossing?

A: I sort of did, but didn't feel qualified to write more than a short story. Workshops and conferences helped grow my skills and gave me the confidence I truly needed. And it really helped by entering writing contests whenever possible, not so much to win an award but to receive the much-needed feedback from established authors and editors. 

Q: Who is your favorite author and why?

A: Definitely Jodi Picoult. I love her voice, writing style and storylines, which often tap into controversial subject matters.

Q: Any thoughts of turning the series into a screenplay?

A: I was recently approached by a screenwriter but am not fully committed to the idea. I know that I have an interested audience for the most part, however, I'm not sure how my characters and their wild adventures would play out or be received by the general public.

Q: Reading lets one travel and explore the unknown, opening up a wide world of new scenery, different people, unknown cultures. What inspired you the most to tap out that next chapter and what message would you like your readers to take with them when they’ve finish the book?

A: To be perfectly honest, I wanted to educate the public about Japan, the Asian culture, and professions that are virtually unknown to most Westerners. And at the same time, I wanted to entertain my readers and remind them that they can overcome most obstacles in their lives if they focus their energies solely toward that purpose.

Q: Though a series, can your Threads series also be standalone novels?

A: Absolutely! I wrote these books with that intention and made a point of only mentioning a few facts from the previous novel, so that readers wouldn't be lost and might find themselves interested in reading other volumes.

Q: Is there any area of writing that is problematic for you? ie: Character, setting, and dialogue

A: When there are more than six characters in a story, I think it becomes extremely difficult to keep their voices unique while showing various aspects of their personalities and the ultimate goals they have in mind.

Q: You’re also dabbling in the publishing business with Creative Edge Publishing. What are your plans for that in the future? Will you be publishing for other authors? Any specific category or will you focus on quality writing, sell-ability, etc.? What other areas of writing/publishing are you interested in adding to your future goals?

A: Although I would love to be a resource for other independent writers, my publishing company will continue to produce only Kaylin McFarren novels. Over the last six months, more than twenty authors have contacted me, all asking to work with me. But at this time, I need to stay focused on my own stories by doing the best I can to keep my growing audience happy. :)

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say that I might not have covered?

A: I would just like to add that I’m extremely thankful to wonderful individuals like yourself for your tremendous support and for allowing my crazy imagination to enter your life from time to time. 

Raging Water by Marilyn Meredith

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series  
Book 5A rash of burglaries and the murder of two women shock the mountain community of Bear Creek. Add a fast-moving thunderstorm that brings torrential rains and Tempe Crabtree, the resident deputy sheriff, can forget about her days off. Who would murder two harmless women? Did a drug addict simply want their medications or did they share a secret someone was willing to kill for?

When a massive mud slide blocks the road into town, temporary shelters are set up, residents high above the river open their homes to friends and neighbors, tensions rise and tempers flare. Tempe survives two attempts on her life before coming face to face with an unrepentant murderer and a vicious burglar, both of whom share a scandalous secret.

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Tainted by Othello Bach



A clairvoyant minister experiences the brutal murder of a young woman and sets out to catch a killer. His own questionable past has led the killer to his front door and now threatens his own family.